Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Photos!




Check out some of our kids on facebook!

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2032770&id=69101086&l=2d2f1

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2032773&id=69101086&l=42e69

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Facebook


Still waiting to find out more about the situation I mentioned yesterday. Please continue praying, and we will update ASAP.

In the meantime, please join our cause on facebook: http://apps.facebook.com/causes/215037?m=cc36 6e79&recruiter_id=4373980 . Thanks everyone for all of your interest and support!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Can't Sleep...

Please be in prayer for Timmy, Will, Michael, Sam, Eve, and Susan. They are up against some challenges tomorrow (can't go into specifics here), and need prayer for a very favorable outcome. Please lift them up at this time. Thank you, friends!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

A Warm Day in February




Back to School...

Today is the Lantern Festival, the final day of the 2 week Spring Festival in China. The kids have been out of school for nearly a month, and tomorrow will be returning to begin their spring semester. We are excited about some of the projects we have in store for the spring, including beginning our official English class next week. We've been in touch with many of the adoptive parents of the kids who will be leaving this year, and we are excited to be able to help prepare the kids for life in the US in a more structured way (until this point it's been a lot of one-on-one, unstructured tutoring). We're also looking forward to getting an art workshop with students from a local fine arts university, and the big brother-big sister mentorship program rolling in the near future! Lots to do!

We've been spending a lot of time talking with the kids about unconditional love lately. Their lives have been so performance based, it is really important (and difficult) for them to be able to understand that they are special, they are valuable, solely because of who they are - a child of God. So often I think of how every time new friends come to the orphanage, they are each drawn to a different child...each seeing his or her unique personality. It's amazing to know that God loves each of them so uniquely and distinctly, and it's thrilling to watch Him give His Eyes and His Heart to different people to manifest that love - not just to the collective, but to individual, precious kids. Although I'm not supposed to have favorites, in my limited, human perspective, it's hard to understand why EVERYONE wouldn't like Tom, Carrie, Leo, Kate, Derek, Alicia, Will, Maggie, Timmy, etc (ok, I'm finding it hard to limit it to one or two)...the best. But I'm always amazed to see how different people are specifically drawn to different kids - even the ones that Mikey and I find to be difficult sometimes!

We've set up a group on facebook where all of you can communicate with each other, and see many more photos and videos of the kids. Check out http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=48394374596&ref=nf . Ask to join, and Mike and I will add you to the group!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Thanks!

Just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone who has been expressing an interest in helping with The China Home Foundation. We are trusting that all of our needs will be met, as there is definitely a Divine purpose for these kids, but it has been more of a struggle than we initially anticipated. I feel like there has been an outpouring of support this week of people wanting to help in any way possible - financially or using their other gifts and talents. Thank you all for the huge encouragement and for loving these kids. It's a privilege to get to share your love with them!

Michael